Posts Tagged ‘animals’

Trying to get well

August 28, 2015

I have to thank all my friends and family for support.

It has been about six months now and with out getting technical I have had third complications from major surgery. Several bacterial infections at this time.  The hardest months have been through June to present. Not blogging, praying has been hard to do because of my health. What I do know to be true is God is with me. Not being able to workout all of these things have tried my soul.

My Chloe has been a breath of sunshine and stays close to my side while I recover.

If I can be honest the infection frightens me so…..I have nightmares.

Please pray for my healing and that God can use me as a vessel again and not a patient…..Chloe love

Chloe’s World

March 6, 2015


Guess what another misnomer! DSCF7110

The Property Management Company where I live, has now said, “The expenses” I have incurred over the past year for my service animal are not included in their calculation of my rent.  Needless to say, I was speechless. I new I needed help fast. I contacted my dear friend Patti Doyle. She lives here also and is waging her own battle with terminal cancer and her civil rights.  I called Legal Aid Society.  I spoke to a fair housing expert and she is guiding me through the process. Here  are the guidelines.


Question 1: What is considered an “assistance animal?” If someone brings a prescription for an animal to lower blood pressure, or for depression or emotional well-being, do we then consider this an assistance animal? Do we then allow for vet bills on those animals in an elderly/disabled household?
Answer 1: An assistance animal is one that works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. Page 4 of the Glossary in the handbook gives a full definition of an Assistance Animal. Part of which is “providing emotional support to persons with disabilities who have a disability related need for such support.” See paragraph 2-44 and 3-38 for additional information on determining if a resident meets the definition of a person with a disability that makes them eligible for an assistance animal as a reasonable accommodation and how to verify the need for an assistance animal.

The need for an assistance animal has to be directly related to a disability, and the services performed by the animal must alleviate one or more identified symptom of that person’s disability.

Veterinary bills as well as other expenses related to the upkeep of the assistance animal are allowed medical expense for a qualified assistance animal.

Question 2: Are companion animals’ expenses medical deductions just like assistance animals?
Answer 2: Yes, if the animal you refer to as a companion animal meets the definition of an assistance animal and the requirements of Paragraphs 2-44 and 3-38 in HUD Handbook 4350.3 REV-1 are followed.

Now It Is Stated Regarding Service Animals.

January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King day!

Many people living with hidden disabilities are being discriminated against daily.

“Hiddendisabilities” last post on was a reaction to the first “Dog Walking Area” I shared how all my rights are being denied under Fair Housing. The second message arrived on my door January 15, 2015.  ANIMALS This is not okay under any fair housing where disabled people live. The other concern is under HUD can pets be taken away from seniors?


Chloe’s World

October 16, 2014

Tuesday Chloe was diagnosed again with her non contagious mange. We spent an hour and half at vets then 3 hours at school and I am spent. Chloe isn’t even as closely ill as she was like she was the past year. It is just heart retching to know she has to go on medications and soaking baths once a week for ten minutes.

Two days now watching movies with my girl. We have gotten lost in a classic “Anne of Green Gables.” I have all three of the series. This is what I do to get past the CFID.




Chloe’s World

July 2, 2013


I can hardly believe it my back pain is beyond acceptable. The medications I use for fibromyalgia usually kick in and work well, but not the pain I am getting in the lower right side of my back. It isn’t sciatica because it isn’t traveling down the back of my leg. It flares from my left foot and it triggers at an isolated place in my lower right back. I also have a weird sensation that radiates down the front of my right thigh (surface.) and feels like my right leg is going to give out. The only medication that works on my is muscle relaxers it makes the pain tolerable. I don’t like that I have to take all this meds, but I also thank God for bringing us biochemist to help give those of us relief from pain or at least enough relief to live some parts of my life.   

Thank you God for the cane because I needed it today.  Tonight at a meeting a cute young lady said “Kim you look to cute on a cane and platforms.” I shared with her that I not giving up because I am in pain and trying look semi descent while living in excruciating pain.


 I thank God for having a laptop, so I can type out this message. I had a desk top before and there would be no way to sit and type at a desk.


Chloe plays a big part in our mission as my service dog, she is always wanting to be social and while we were on the way to our doc we made a stop for produce.  I was in horrible pain beyond acceptable. Chloe was so good she sat by my side. She wanted to greet curios people, but she resisted.  She is such a smart and good girl. At our meeting tonight Chloe loves to greet everyone we meet up with, actually she likes to be the center of attention and while on her leash she was in perfect performance.  

Chloe’s World

June 15, 2013
  • ImageWe have been lying low as Chloe is on 3 antibiotics for her d….mange and eye infections. she has been battling this since arriving at the rescue. she is now being treated at our  vet now El Cajon Valley vet hospital. We also picked up Hayliegh ashes. her ashes had been wrapped in a beautiful cedar box, metal heart with her name engraved, a paw impression and wrapped in a beautiful purple sachet ouch. I will have to take a pic and post it on it.  While lying low we have made our favorite flourless oatmeal breakfast bars and a big pot of homemade beans with sage, paprika, cumin and onions. Plus we made it a move day just taking life easy. WOOF!


The Hayliegh Project

December 5, 2012

Here is the article I was asked to write about the benefits of both me and my service dogs use of LDN. I still have to live w/ this horrific disease and lately it has attacked my stomach as if my appendix’s has ruptured.

About my service dog she has gained full use of her back leg that was once atrophied and not of any use.  She is surviving cancer w/ no suffering. Hayliegh still keeps working for me as she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, but w/ me.

I have purchased a Burley tail wagon for her this way we can stay together where ever go.

Every day I ask God to show me what I can do to give back to the world while living w/ this disease and while being home.  I also share what Hayliegh and I do while we are home.

Click to access July%20Newsletter.pdf


We are on page 7 & 8

I love you Hayliegh Muffins!

I love you Hayliegh Muffins!

Hayliegh’s World

November 30, 2012
love in the first degree!

love in the first degree!

Canine Kisses?    

     Those soulful brown eyes of Hayliegh’s run deep with an all knowing spirit. While the coffee is brewing, I go and give her kisses while we greet the day saying “A happy girl makes a happy day,” “Good morning God,” “You’re the prettiest girl in town” and “Good morning, sunshine girl.”  We go out for a few minutes then back in and have time to sit in the living room. She sits in either on her dogie blanket or the beautiful tapestry wing chair while I do my bible study and spiritual mantras. If I don’t stick with the plan and get caught in the bedroom, she will do this little bark/grumble and come to get me.  She wants me back in the living room.

Hayliegh and I have our own dogie talk. It is really cute. I say in a twangy voice as I am looking at her, “Hayliegh is my partner in crime” and then my dear friend Jori finishes the saying “And you guys are criminals” as we roll the last word out slow with an off voice. I say to Hayliegh “You are the cutest girl in town” rolling out the last word. She will bark and give me a very low woof.  Then we look at each other and I try to predict what she is going to do next, from a low bark to a grumble, as we go back and forth for a while. Hayliegh has our plan all figured out.

Hayliegh and I have our own sign language one is “I see you and you see me.”  I point two fingers at her and then two fingers back at me. I have also taught her good heart by touching my chest and hers with flat hand, she knows “smart girl” as I indicate a flat hand on top of my head or hers. The most special one she has learned is “I love you because you love me.”  The “I love you” is one finger pointed out at her and then two fingers back to me finishes the “you love me.”  I have taught her both by sight voice and touch in case any one of her senses goes out.

We have some games we like to play and one of them is that I say I am going to get her and she will run as fast as she can past me. I have to try and pat her bum; if I can I win, if I can’t she wins.  You know you can actually see her smile. I love to see her run as fast as she can down the hallway, her ears flopping and a smile on her face because she knows it is treat time. Another game is she will start to talk to me by grumbling a small low bark and I try to mimic her sounds, and then I try to do what she is going to at the same time. While we do this she is looking straight at me and I have taught her by touch in case one of her senses goes out.

    They say our dog takes after us and I always thought I learned from her.  She is a filled with all the love in the world, but she isn’t a pansy. What I mean by this is that she will stand up for herself and defend herself.  She doesn’t allow herself to be mistreated by any other dog.  Something I have learned from her about dealing with people.                       

Our bond is priceless as she has graced my life. We can look into each other’s eyes and see how much love and understanding we have for each other. I believe when she licks my skin or kisses my face she is able to detect what is happening to me. I know that when I have taken needed medications, she has been known to lick my skin and knows it has been absorbed into my system. It is clear to me that she then stops worrying about me. I love watching everything about her: the way she trots, how her little tail wags fast and her bum follows when she is happy, how she taps my thigh with her paw, then looks at me as if to say “I want a treat now!”

We have some set routines.   Every night she asks for her dessert, which I call “Wessert.” She will start grumbling in a low whinny cry, looking at me and telling me she wants more treats. At times she rest her head on the couch and then looks up at me with those adorable brown eyes, and it works every time,  She gets more wessert. We have another thing we say, and that is “Do you want something!” in this odd tone and she get excited and woofs “yes.”


I have spent the last year and half that I have had with telling her at night after she has crawled up on my chest. While she is kissing me I would share with her our whole life story from day one to the present. She would soak it up and I would did too.


Hayliegh’s World

November 4, 2012


My steadfast companion.


                                 Hayliegh Is Working

I can hardly believe it Hayliegh is still by side and takes her job seriously. Over the years I started to notice behaviors associated with my condition.  She instinctively knows, before I do, if a migraine is going to hit. She won’t let me out the front door if I need medication. She knows when my fibromyalgia is affecting my back; she will stand between me and others to protect my back until my medication has kicked in. While out and about when fibromyalgia is already flared up, she does a look by facing forward then turning back to me. Then she stands right near me and looks away from people, as if to say “I am working right now.”  If my stomach is going to be attacked while I am out in public, she will become stubborn and unruly, and by this I understand she is telling me we have to leave. If I stay and don’t listen to her I end up on the floor or doubled over in pain.  I have to get medication in me right away because my stomach starts with acute and severe pain.  One time she even showed my therapist that I had a severe back injury. She dragged her back legs into the patient room when we went in to talk.  We both looked at each other and asked “Did you see that!” because Hayliegh mimicked my injury.

Haylieghs World

November 4, 2012

Hayliegh next to her Burley tail wagon.

We made the best of this beautiful day. I started w/ lots of pain. I decided to thank God for medication which helped my pain and helped me get going.  We went around Lake Murray on skates and Hayliegh used her wheels.  The lake was sparkling and the dry winds kept the air clean and warm.  Some shots of us at the east end of the lake. My goal is take advantage of every minute w/my little booster she is now thirteen yrs of age and I would like to soak up ever  minute  w/ her.  Goal we were trying to get photos of her in her Burley tail wagon the past photos haven’t shown up well as the wagon is black and so is she.

A great day in San Diego

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